BETHLEHEM - Caleb Bordner and Hunter Harner have been chasing District 11 Class AA Wrestling Tournament gold for four years now.
They've been close every year, and every year they've come up short.
The Tri-Valley seniors won their first elusive district championships, capturing two of the six titles Schuylkill League wrestlers earned Saturday, Feb. 21 at Freedom High School.
Tri-Valley freshman Dan Scheib won the 220-pound title; North Schuylkill senior Alek Hummel dominated at 195; Jim Thorpe junior Kevan Gentile cruised at 106; and Lehighton junior Connor Frey prevailed at 182.
Millersburg (17-7) is poised to battle for the District-3 Class A title in boys' basketball.
The championship game between the Indians and Hilda Goodling Impact Acadamy was slated for Feb. 27 in Hershey. (Details of that game were unavailable prior to press production.)
The Indians, ranked 4th in D-3A, hosted Lancaster Country Day (LCD) at home in the quarterfinals Feb. 20, and won 66-31.
Millersburg went on to beat West Shore Christian in the semifinals, winning 83-80 in overtime on Feb. 23 to advance to the state title game.
MINERSVILLE - Kelsey Conroy and the rest of the Mahanoy Area girls' basketball team weren't content with simply making the District 11 playoffs for the first time in seven years. They wanted to advance.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, they did, escaping with a 30-29 victory over Tri-Valley in the Class A quarterfinals at Minersville's Thomas Fitzpatrick Gymnasium after suffering two losses to the Dawgs during the regular season.
Many factors have contributed to North Schuylkill's success this season, but two are consistently present - a big height advantage and outstanding guard play.
Both were present again Friday, Feb. 20 when the top-ranked Spartans beat No. 8 Pine Grove 52-33 in the District 11 Class AA girls' basketball quarterfinals at Martz Hall.
North Schuylkill guard Tiff Lapotsky and forward Carly Gregas fueled an 18-3 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to allow the Spartans to cruise to victory after leading by only eight points at halftime.
HERSHEY - A local grappler advanced Saturday, Feb. 21 to the Southeast Regional Class AA Tournament next weekend at Wilson West Lawn - with top-five finishes in the District 3 Class AA Championships at Hersheypark Arena.
Upper Dauphin's Coy Campbell, competing at 113 pounds, placed second in his weight class.
After earning a first-round bye and quarterfinal pin Friday, Campbell defeated Pequea Valley's Max Styer 6-3 in Saturday morning's semifinals. In the finals, Campbell (29-6) dropped a 6-2 decision to Lancaster Catholic's Joe Lobeck.